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Fox Names Karen Adams VP-GM of Anticipated Charlotte Duopoly

Fox has named Karen Adams vice president and general manager of WJZY and WMYT in Charlotte. Fox is acquiring the duopoly from Capitol Broadcasting pending FCC approval.

Adams has been president and general manager of WGHP, the Fox affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., for the past 16 years. WGHP was a Fox O&O from 1996-2008.

“Karen has managed one of the most successful stations in the country. I couldn’t be happier to welcome her back,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement.

Before being promoted to general manager, Adams held several other positions at WGHP, including VP of programming and VP of creative services and community involvement. Her first job at the station was as a camera operator.

“This is such a unique and exciting opportunity to run WJZY AND WMYT for FOX in Charlotte,” Adams said in a statement. “North Carolina is my home and I look forward to rejoining my FOX Television Station colleagues.”

Fox to Acquire WJZY-WMYT From Capitol Broadcasting

Fox Television Stations is acquiring two Charlotte stations — CW affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYT — from Capitol Broadcasting Company.

“We are delighted to expand our portfolio of stations and return to North Carolina,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “WJZY and WMYT are both well run stations that provide us with a unique opportunity in a growing top-25 market.”

Broadcasting & Cable reports that no terms of the sale, which is pending FCC approval, were divulged. But an affiliation switch is likely now that Fox will own two stations in the market. Current Fox affiliate WCCB is owned by Bahakel communications.

>Update: TVNewsCheck reports WCCB will lose its Fox affiliation. “Obviously we’re disappointed with the news,” Bahakel EVP Jim Babb said. “But we’re determined to find a way to be successful going forward, and we’re already exploring various options.”

Allyson Meyers Named VP-GM of WOFL

Allyson Meyers has been named vice president and general manager of WOFL, the Fox O&O in Orlando.

In her new role, Meyers will oversee WOFL as well as WRBW, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Orlando, and WOGX, the Fox affiliate in Ocala. She begins at the stations on January 17.

“Allyson’s tenure with FOX has proven she has what it takes to think differently, produce results and be an effective leader. I am confident she is the ideal person to take on this expanded role within our group and lead these stations,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement.

Meyers moves to Orlando from Philadelphia, where she is the vice president and general sales manager for Fox O&O WTXF. She replaces Dennis Welsh, who recently took over as VP-GM of WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago.

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy Inducted Into B&C Hall of Fame

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City earlier this week.

Abernethy was one of 12 inductees. Alan Frank, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek Stations, was also honored at the event.

WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City, covered the event on Tuesday’s “Good Day New York.” Watch it after the jump. Read more

Dennis Welsh Named General Manager at WFLD

Fox Television Stations has named Dennis Welsh the vice president and general manager of WFLD-WPWR, the Fox-owned stations in Chicago.

Welsh is a longtime Fox executive who has been general manager of WOFL-WOGX, the Fox-owned stations in Orlando, since 2010. He replaces Mike Renda, who has been named general manager of WJBK in Detroit.

After announcing Renda’s appointment in Detroit Friday morning, Renda returned to Chicago with Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy. The pair are announcing Welsh’s WFLD appointment to members of the station at 2:30pmET/1:30CT and are expected to address the newsroom later this afternoon.

“It’s a privilege to join a FOX duopoly that is home to top-rated syndicated brands, the Chicago Bears and an aggressive news team,” Welsh said in a statement. “The station has accomplished a great deal over the last few years but there is still much we can achieve and I can’t wait to get started.”

Before working in Orlando, Welsh spent eight years as vice president and director of sales for Dallas Fox O&O KDFW. He has also worked as vice president and director of sales for Fox Station Sales in New York and as VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Dennis brings an impressive range of sales and local news experience,” Abernethy said. “He has done a tremendous job in Orlando and I am confident his leadership will elevate FOX Chicago to the next level.”

Welsh will begin at WFLD on January 7. The release from Fox is after the jump. Read more

Fox General Manager Mike Renda Moves From Chicago to Detroit

Breaking: After three years as general manager of WFLD in Chicago, Mike Renda is jumping to another Fox O&O. Effective January 7, Renda will be the VP-GM at WJBK in Detroit.

Renda and Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy are announcing the news to the WJBK newsroom at 9:30amET. The pair are expected to travel to Chicago later today to announce who will succeed Renda at WFLD.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead the #1 station in Detroit, known for its edgy, unconventional and hard-hitting news product,” Renda said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the station’s legacy of serving Detroit.”

Prior to working at WFLD, Renda spent two years as the VP-GM of WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia. He has also been VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Mike has proven his great leadership abilities at three FOX-owned stations over a fifteen-year tenure,” Abernethy said in a statement. “Regardless of the roles he’s held, he always inspires his team to be better, work smarter and think differently. There is no person better qualified to take charge of our premier Detroit station than him.”

Renda replaces Jeff Murri, who died in February.

Read the full release from Fox after the jump. Read more

Death of WJBK GM Jeff Murri Ruled Suicide

The Oakland County medical examiner’s office ruled Saturday that the death of Jeff Murri, the general manager of WJBK in Detroit, was a suicide. Murri died last Thursday of a gunshot wound to the head at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, MI.

Murri joined the Fox O&O in 1984 and was named general manager in 2001. In a statement last week, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy called Murri “an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father.”

Murri’s funeral took place this morning at the same church where he died.

WJBK GM Jeff Murri Dies at 50

WJBK vice president and general manager Jeff Murri died suddenly on Thursday.  He was 50.

Murri began his broadcast career with WJBK and had served as GM of the Fox O&O since 2001.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our most beloved members of the Fox Television Stations family,” Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.  “There are no words to express the sadness of this tragedy. Jeff was an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father. He had great passion and dedication to WJBK and his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched. We will miss him tremendously.”

The cause of death has not yet been released. Read more

WCAU GM Dennis Bianchi Joining Rival WTXF

Dennis Bianchi, the general manager at Philadelphia NBC O&O WCAU, will join rival WTXF, the Fox O&O, as vice president and general manager next month, Fox announced today.

Bianchi, who has been at NBC for more than 25 years in a variety of roles, has been general manager of WCAU since 1998. His first day at WTXF will be February 1.

“While we typically promote from within, we feel lucky and particularly excited about hiring an executive of Dennis’ caliber,” Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

Bianchi replaces Patrick Paolini, who was promoted to SVP of Station Sales at Fox last fall.

Mike Lewis Named VP-GM of KTBC in Austin

Mike Lewis has been named vice president and general manage of KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin. His appointment is effective immediately.

Lewis joins KTBC from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he has been the vice president and general sales manager for four years.

“Mike has done a stellar job in leading our Houston sales team,” Fox Television stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge of the broadcast industry and strategic approach to our business make him the ideal choice as we look to maintain and grow KTBC’s position in the Austin market.”

Lewis replaces Mark Rodman, who joined Fox O&O KSAZ in Phoenix as general manager last month.

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